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figured those hostages were in some imminent danger. they shot him and apparently one of the explosive devises on him went off as well. >> 9 news now at 7:00 starts right now. please stay with us. a man storms the discovery channel building in silver spring, taking three hostages. >> we heard two gunshots. >> like pop, pop, something like that, but higher pitched kind of. >> reporter: and after a nearly four-hour standoff, tonight that gunman is dead. i'm derek mcginty live at the corner of solesville road and wayne avenue in silver spring, maryland, where it's been a very long day which ended with the shooting of that
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hostage-taker. a man named james lee walked into the discovery building and perhaps fired a shot. we are waiting for confirmation on that. he took three hostages and held them for four hours and then police opened fire and killed him. delia gonsalves has been here with me much of the afternoon. she gives us more on the details on how it went down. >> it has been a very chaotic day. a lot of questions are still unanswered at this point but we do know thankfully that the three hostages, all men, who were held by the gunman for nearly four hours are now home and are now safe. earlier today, it was a pretty hectic scene as folks were spilling out of discovery channel. a lot of buildings around here were on lockdown as well. we're even told there were several dozen children who were in a day care center on the bottom floor of discovery channel, they were evacuated safely. but police say at 4:48, it all came to a close when the tactic unit moved in and shot and
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killed the suspect. they say he was making a move to injure, possibly shoot, one of the hostages and that's when they moved in. >> at one point the suspect reported that he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. it's unconfirmed now whether he actually fired the weapon or not. but at that point, our tactical units moved in, they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> there were employees in the building on the upper floors that we had made sure they were safe. >> how many do you think were still inside the building throughout the negotiations? >> well we evacuated. >> a number, i would say, less
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than 10 stayed for a while to assist law enforcement on navigating the building and the infrastructure and then we were all evacuated about an hour, 90 minutes into it. >> reporter: and that was david levy from discovery. he came out and thanked all of the officers here and all of the tactical units for really making this a successful day as far as not -- making sure that all of his employees, all of the folks here at discovery and the nearby area, neighbors and residents, making sure that everyone was safe. he said that their emergency evacuation plan worked flawlessly. everyone got out safely. all employees have been accounted for. he does say at this point his main focus is to nurture the need of the employees, because he said, derek, it has been a very scary day and you can imagine a lot of folks have been tense all day. >> i'm sure have been traumatized and many still waiting to figure out whether or not or when they can get back inside to get discovery and get their cars and
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belonging and get home. a few people told us, i can't go home, i don't have the keys to my house yet. i can't get inside. david levy wasn't specific as to when that time would be. this is an active crime scene. and you think who is this fellow lee? why did he do this? was he crazy? did they know about him before. brett haber is in the studio. james lee is a 43-year-old man claiming to be an environmentalist but whose concerns about the investment were manifested through a obsessive feeling about discovery channel. lee was arrested in 2008 for disorderly conduct and littering. littering because lee actually threw money on to the street and into the air that day to attract people to his protest. this is you tube video of that incident. you can see dozens of people
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scrambling to pick up the cash. newspaper accounts from 2008 suggest that lee paid homeless people that day to give the appearance of a more robust crowd at his rally. so what was mr. lee's beef? it appeared to be his belief that the discovery channel was not producing sufficient programming that addressed the issues of, among other things, sustainability, overpopulation and immigration. lee released a rambling 1100 word manifesto today on his website entitled save the planet in which he outlined 11 demands. they weren't demands for money or material goods, but they were simply demands for programs to be aired on discovery channel that address a variety of what he believed to be issues facing civilization. after the 11th and final demand, lee wrote, humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what is left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture, end quote. for what it's worth, lee made
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repeated reference in his manifesto to a book entitled my ishmael. this book was written by daniel quinn who claims in it, among other things, that human self interest is destroying the earth. lee believed that the theories in the book were the gospel and discovery channel need to air programs that backed those theories up. and he also claimed to be inspired by al gore's documentary about the environment, an inconvenient truth. he is lived as 5-11; single, a heterosexual and listed his home state as hawaii but records show he spent time in southern california, san diego to be specific, and here in washington, d.c. metro. including time in a homeless shelter in silver spring just blocks away from where today's events unfolded. he was sentenced to spend time
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in a mental institution following his arrest in 2008. but he spent just 14 days in a montgomery county jail and was leesed on two years of supervised probation, probation that ironically ended two weeks ago. >> some insight into who the guy was, with emphasis on the past tense because he was shot and killed before he could harm any of the three hostages that he had taken. now besides the impact on the employees and the workers here at discovery, this has been a long day for anybody who needed to get through or two downtown silver spring. let's get to patranya with a look at the traffic situation. hey there, derek. you are there on the scene and i can see the roads are still closed around you, around the discovery center complex in downtown silver spring. police presence has been heavy all afternoon long since this started. and they remain to be there
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because this is an active crime scene. so roads still shut down. of course the main artery from d.c. into maryland is georgia avenue, it cuts right through the area. it remains shut down from cameron street to east-west highway. and route 29 still shut down from 410 to fenton. so let's check our live camera right now. we've been talking about all afternoon long 16th street and traffic is moving at 16th and east-west highway. this is where a lot of the traffic is routed off to another route, fenton. and next camera, we have fenton and wayne that has gone back. our last camera at 16th avenue, not too bad out there. we were predicting a pretty heavy backlog because this is one of the few alternates. volumes building up as we speak. but because folks got this warning of this major incident in downtown silver spring early enough in the afternoon, we were able to avoid this major
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backlog we were expecting. but as you can see, traffic building up on 16th and east- west highway so stay away from downtown silver spring for now. derek, back to you. >> thank you patranya. and as i stand here in the middle of the intersection, i can look over my camera man's shoulder and see the redline metro trains moving back and forth and see some traffic moving over on east-west highway and perhaps over my shoulder you can see folks crossing the street as they leave the metro and walk up into silver spring. but that, my friends, is about as far as it goes in terms of this area returning to normal. they have still not opened any of the streets and the police cars show no signs of moving. it's been a long afternoon. we started at about 1:00 and it's now 10 after 7:00. we've seen a hostage-taker come in after 1:00, blow one of them up and police are still looking for the bombs. but tonight three hostages are safe. all of the employees at discovery are safe. and we await as the rest of the
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information unfolds. i'm going to send it into anita brikman who has other stories for you. we'll recap things later here. >> thank you. and you said there are other big stories to follow, including hurricane earl. devon lucie in for topper tonight in the weather center with more on where this thing is headed. >> we just had upgrades to tropical storm warning for delmarva coast. let's look at the hurricane warning, from cape hatteras and the outer banks of north carolina and then as we move up, a tropical storm warning for ocean city, rehoboth and even bethany beach and this is mainly for the early morning hours on friday. i'll talk about where earl is headed and how strong he will be and our complete forecast here when 9 news now at 7:00 comes right back. above my child's education. it's cool how the union makes it almost impossible to fire bad teachers.
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back now with the latest on campaign 2010 in the district. the wife of mayor adrian fenty fought to maintain her composure. in the end she made an emotional plea for voters to give her husband a second chance. michelle fenty's surprise remarks came near the end of the campaign after the mayor has lost much of his african- american support. >> and it's so painful to hear that people think that he's arrogant and everything else. as his wife, i'm here to tell
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you it is absolutely unequivocally not true. >> an emotional appeal from michelle fenty, standing by her husband and mayor as he goes unnoticed in his campaign to win a second term. >> it's hard. >> you felt that pain also, the rejection from the african- american community? >> absolutely. >> today we live in a city more divided than we've seen in years and his response, well you may not like me, but at least i'm getting results. >> if you do not find it in your hearts to forgive me and give me a second chance, i will have no one to blame but myself. >> reporter: mayor fenty and chairman gray had just wrapped up another debate on wednesday at the museum when i noticed michelle fenty. >> everything that he's ever done is for his community. this is his city. and these are his people. and the hard, charging way that he has behaved is for the people of the city. >> reporter: the mayor said his change in strategy, apologizing to the african-american community has nothing to do with the fact that he's 17
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points down in the polls but his wife michelle said that's exactly the reason she's decided to come out and campaign. >> and if i can go out there and let people know how he is, and how he feels, then i think absolutely, it's my duty to do that. >> reporter: with only two weeks to go in the campaign, even the mayor's supporters were questioning whether michelle fenty's appearance was enough to pull out a win in september. >> this is the first time the city is allowing early voting. still to come, we are live in virginia beach as residents baton down for hurricane earl. and plus a look at evacuations taking place ahead of that storm. we'll be right back.
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there's something you never hear vince gray talk about: his record running dc's department of human services. why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless; even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that?
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turning our attention to the latest on hurricane earl. the folks in the outer banks
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taking no chances tonight. it's sunny there, but mandatory evacuations are in effect for ocracoke and hatteras islands. closer to home, both maryland and virginia's governors have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm. our team coverage begins with scott broom in ocean city, maryland. >> reporter: i'm scott broom in ocean city, maryland, where they do not anticipate any evacuations. they believe here it will stay more than 200 miles off shore. >> we don't have any consideration for evacuation at all. >> reporter: if the forecast holds, the mayor said at worst visitors should be prepared to adjust travel times friday, but otherwise not cancel plans. >> hopefully this is nothing more than an extra size. >> gee thougho bold is the city manager. >> wait until the storm passes. so use prudent and common sense judgment and we'll get through this together and you'll be able to enjoy the beaches come saturday. >> we may restrict where you can go, how far out you can go
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in the surf, depending upon the riptides, maybe restricted to just up to your knees only, but i think you're safe to travel and enjoy the ocean city beach this weekend. >> reporter: that's the situation here in ocean city. let's go to bruce leshan who is farther south in virginia. i'm bruce leshan live in virginia beach. what do you say, red sky at night, sailers delight. but we are not expecting tomorrow to be too delightful. the wind is kicking up, the surf is chopping and red flags are flying. we are expecting hurricane force winds 10 miles south of here at the south carolina state line. where we are standing we are expecting tropical force winds here in virginia beach. the last time a big hurricane came through was about 11 years ago. the national surfing championship was going on for dennis and floyd and you can see the surfers out, but it's still looking pretty flat right
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here at the inlet. come over and you can see this big burm that folks have built. the kids are having a blast on it. it's to protect this playground. and then down farther you can see the scaffolding or the stage for the american music festival. they are contemplating having to pull that down. the uss eisenhower making its way toward the norfolk naval base. the uss cole, surviving a bombing, coming in through the chesapeake bay, all running for their lives to get ahead of the storm. >> so the vacationers here, very concerned about this. none too happy about the rains that we are expecting on thursday and into friday. and the emergency managers say if you're thinking about coming down here, watch the forecast very, very closely. back to you.
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>> very well said, bruce leshan, thanks for that. and we'll bring you live reports from all along the eastern seaboard an over the next few days and you can down load our hurricane tracker at just click on weather. the good thing is hopefully this won't wreck the whole weekend. >> no. we have some very good news. in the last weekend weather up -- weather update, late friday things will look good for the weekend. saturday and sunday into monday, picture perfect and free of earl. where is he right now? we'll look at the latest watching and warnings. again the warnings that bruce was just telling us about, that's in north carolina. that will be cape hatteras, outer banks. the warnings going into effect right now knowing that we'll have at least hurricane force winds down there in the next 48 hours. we have had an upgrade to tropical storm warnings there where bruce is at. and as we extend that through the delmarva coast through ocean city, rehoboth beach, we
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are expecting tropical storm winds. it will be early friday morning to midday. and i think we really get that here on the delmarva coast. again we still have a hurricane watch in effect officially. but i think this forecast is doing extremely well with what is going on right now. so where is earl? just off the bahamas coast. a category four status. we are talking wind speeds, sustained, a 10 minute wind average, gusts to 160 and maybe more than. that and so right off the carolina coast and will start to die down, which is good news by all official forecasts. i do not see this intensifying to a category five. if anything diminishing winds especially as he moves into cooler waters off the coast here. and by 3:00 p.m. friday, we are talking swells possibly 2-3 feet coming in with that flooding possibility. once we get into the afternoon here, it's just about parallel with washington and friday
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night, this storm is all said and done. in the weekend, we're looking spectacular. so don't cancel any labor day plans or make any changes to it. warm air here in washington. that will subside a little bit. i want to step to the other side of the screen because we see the outer bands move in toward washington and we'll have cloud cover keeping us cooler as we go into friday. it will knock us down to a high of 89. again seeing the winds and feel them pick up in washington but that is the greatest threat. temperatures dying down a little bit. but a beautiful labor day weekend forecast coming our way. >> and i was asking for people with little kids, okay as far as the water too later in the week as far as not being too dangerous. >> the winds will switch directions and everything will push out so you don't have to deal with the rip current possibility. >> great news. we'll be right back.
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i think it's greatove about how they put politicss union? above my child's education. it's cool how the union makes it almost impossible to fire bad teachers. it's impressive how my dues money supports politicians i don't even like.
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dc's teachers union has failed our kids, played politics, and now is threatening to file a lawsuit to block recent progress. find out more at thanks, teachers unions.
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i'm derek mcginty live downtown in silver spring. the hostage take certify now dead and the hostages free and safe. now we wait for the billing to reopen and the streets to flow once again. we'll have the latest on how the situation unfolds at 11:00. see you then.
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